By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is serving a jail sentence in China, has been forced to work for long hours and eat spoiled food and cannot withdraw money from his account to buy warm clothing, his wife said Monday.
The account — including payments Lee Ming-che has received for doing forced labor at a hat factory and money received from his family — has been frozen for months, said Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), who visited her husband in Chishan Prison in Hunan province on Dec. 18.
Lee Ching-yu said she did not know whether the account had been unfrozen since her return and was worried about her husband’s health because the average temperature where the prison is located has hit as low as five degrees Celsius and snow is in this week’s forecast.
“Lee Ming-che has suffered severe weight loss and is angry about the way he has been treated in prison,” Lee Ching-yu said at a press conference Monday.